Agricultural Business Management – Agronomy

tractorAgronomy is a term that basically means the study of plants and soil. This degree will allow students to learn about the interactions of the soil and plants that contribute to produce high yield crops. Agronomy requires a good understanding of how soils were formed, natural nutrients found in soil, as well as how fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation systems can enhance plant growth. As an agronomist, you’ll also need a basic understanding of how new and better crops are developed through plant breeding and biotechnology. You will also need to be aware of how weeds, insects, and plant diseases affect soil and plant health. As an agronomist, you’ll also need to develop an understanding of precision agriculture. The use of yield monitors, auto-guidance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and Geographic Information System (GIS) software are having a profound impact on the future of agriculture.

If you enjoy learning how plants grow and precision agriculture, this career may be for you. Crop production specialists need to be comfortable with dealing with unpredictable weather, changes in markets, and emerging consumer needs. You need to be well-organized, be good at record-keeping and changes in the commodity markets. Agronomists have to be life-long learners to keep up with the constantly advancing agricultural technologies.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, you may find employment as:

  • Agronomist
  • Grain farmer
  • Seed sales representative
  • Fertilizer sales representative
  • Specialty crop grower
  • Crop specialist
  • Crop scout
  • Lab technician
  • Precision ag specialist

Advisors and Faculty

Professor

East Peoria Campus AIT Building 118

(309) 694-8443

Professor

East Peoria Campus AIT Building 118

(309) 694-5410

Instructor

East Peoria Campus AIT Building 118

(309) 694-5771

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 62

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMMUNICATION ** 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS *** 3
AGRI 112 BASIC SOILS  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AGBUS 111 ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 115 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 200 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I  4
AGBUS 211 AGRICULTURE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT  3
AGBUS 212 MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS  3
AGBUS 214 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II  4
AGMEC 117 PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS  3
AGRI 113 PRINCIPLES OF SOIL FERTILITY  3
AGRI 121 INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE  3
AGRI 201 CROP PRODUCTION  4
AGRI 203 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT  4
AGRI 221 APPLICATION OF GIS TECHNOLOGY FOR AGRICULTURE  3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVE **** 3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** COMM 110 or 3 additional hours in composition courses numbered 111 or above, such as ENGL 111, 116, or 125.
*** See specific mathematic requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
**** Select electives in consultation with academic advisor. Select 3 hours from, but not limited to: AGBUS 112, 255; AGRI 111, 114, 118, 133, 134, 233, or 234.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; AGBUS 111; AGRI 112; Mathematics; Social Science
Spring Semester 1AGRI 113; AGMEC 117; Humanities; Communication; Elective
Summer SemesterAGRI 201; AGRI 203
Fall Semester 2AGBUS 115; AGBUS 200; AGRI 121, Elective
Spring Semester 2AGBUS 211; AGBUS 212; AGBUS 214, AGRI 221

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-5171

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Plant Systems

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Agriculture
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